What’s he doing, daddy?
What’s who doing, little bit?
Oh, he’s collecting pollen from that corn stalk.
Why does he do that? Doesn’t the plant need it?
The plant does need it and so does the bee.
But how can they both use it? The plant can’t keep the bee off.
No, the plant wants the bee to take its pollen.
I don’t want someone to take my toys.
No, I suppose not. But the bee takes the pollen back to the hive for food for other bees.
That’s nice. But what about the plant?
The plant needs some of the pollen to move from one place to another so it will grow properly.
But if the bee takes it, how will that happen?
As the bee moves around on the plant, some of the pollen moves around too and gets in the right place.
Oh, so since the plant doesn’t have any fingers, the bee does that?
And so the plant doesn’t care if the bee takes what’s left over.
No, I don’t think the plant cares about leftovers.
But if the plant was stingy and didn’t let the bee come over, it wouldn’t grow, would it?
No, it wouldn’t.
But since it’s not stingy, the bee gets to eat and so do we.
And there’s enough here that we can even have leftovers.
Good thing the plant shared, huh?
Yeah, and I’ll share my corn with you.